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Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

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Improper food combination is one of the primary factors causing gas, flatulence, heartburn and upset stomach. It is best to avoid combining fish and milk, different kinds of proteins, milk and any other food, fruits and any other food, freshly cooked and stored or reprocessed food, and cold water with meals.

Food combining focuses on the way you combine foods at each meal. Some food combinations are easy to digest. They are quickly broken down, and the nutrients are thoroughly assimilated. Other food combinations can be a digestive disaster. Improper food combining is one of the primary factors causing gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomach.

Ayurveda’s Take On Food Combinations

According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and a post-digestive effect (vipaka). Any food consumed that affects the balance of the three doshas is termed as Viruddha aharam or incompatible food. An individual’s agni (digestive fire) largely determines how well or poorly food gets digested.

According to Charaka Samhita, antagonistic (viruddha) substances behave contrary to “deha-dhatus” (the body tissues). This antagonism may be due to the properties of substances themselves, combination, processing, place, time, dose etc. or natural composition.

Bad food combinations can cause reactions and should be avoided. For example,  according to Ayurveda, fish with milk is not recommended because milk has shita (cold) virya (energy) and fish has usna (hot) virya. The result is “viruddhavirya” (antagonistic in terms of virya); it vitiates blood and creates obstruction in channels.

Let us have a look at the various bad food combinations that are best avoided.

Food Combinations To Avoid

Different Kinds Of Proteins

Two proteins of different characters and different compositions, call for different digestive secretions, and different timings of secretions in order to digest them efficiently. For example, cheese and meat omelet is a big no. Instead, choose veggie omelet, as one protein per meal is easier to digest.

Different Kinds Of Proteins: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Milk With Any Other Food

Milk should be taken alone. Milk is a complete and concentrated food in itself. It requires a full digestive process of its own kind. No other concentrated food like, meat, eggs, cereals, pulses, nuts, roots or fruits, should be eaten with it. The combination of milk with other foods is one of the major causes of indigestion.

  • Avoid consuming milk after eating radish, garlic and Tulasi.
  • Avoid milk combined with any sour substance, especially fruits.

Milk With Any Other Food: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Tea, Coffee, Alcohol And Soft Drinks, With Solid Foods

These beverages severely restrict proper gastric secretions and hinder normal digestion. Avoid tea or coffee with breakfast or any solid meal. Any liquid in your stomach dilutes the enzymes your body needs to digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Tea, Coffee, Alcohol And Soft Drinks, With Solid Foods:Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Cold Water With Cooked Food

Freshly cooked food (warm food) is easily digested by the body. Cold water inhibits Agni (digestive fire) and leads to inefficient, incomplete digestion; at the least, the body has to work much harder to digest the food.

Cold Water With Cooked Food: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Fruits With Any Other Food

Whole fruits (with fiber) quickly move to the intestine where they are digested and absorbed fully. Fruits mixed with other food creates a sour “wine” in the stomach which hinders digestion.

Fruits With Any Other Food: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Freshly Cooked Food With Stored/ Refrigerated/ Reheated Food

Cooked food undergoes changes over time, even if it is stored in a cool environment. Reheating further changes its characteristics. Combining food at different stages of cooking makes it difficult for the body to digest.

Refrigerated/ Reheated Food: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health

Meat With Jaggery/Honey

Avoid taking meat with honey, jaggery, radish, lotus stalk, milk, black gram, and germinated grains.

Meat With Jaggery/Honey: Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health